Ben Nevis, Fort William

Ben Nevis, Fort William, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Ben Nevis which, at 4406 ft (1322m) is Britain’s (and Scotland’s) highest mountain. It is loacted at the western end of the Grampian mountains and dominates the Fort William area.Close to the base is the start/finish of the famous West Highland Way, a hiking trail which runs from Glasgow to Fort William. The mountain is accessible to most able bodied persons and experiences about 100,000 ascents per annum.

The name Ben Nevis is of Gaelic origin and roughly translates as ‘mountain with head in the clouds’.

Ben Nevis is a 400m year old granite mass capped with volcanic rock and shaped by glaciation. On a clear day, a position on the summit gives a view of a succession of land ridges stretching in all directions with the exception of a break to the north which is caused by the Great Glen. The Great Glen is a major valley 1-3 miles wide and 50 miles long.

Here is a link  to the Ben Nevis webcan from Fort William.

For visitors who wish to experiences the vistas from the top whilst avoiding the climb there is a cable car at nearby Aonach Mor.

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